Roads and Maritime Services (RMS) has sent letters to some vehicle owners, telling them that their personal information has been released to a private car park operator as required by a court order. In some cases, private car park operators are using this information to send vehicle owners a letter demanding payment of a car park 'fine'. For more information, see the information on Preliminary Discovery Orders on the RMS website.
You may be sent a letter or given a document that looks like a fine when you breach a rule that applies to private property or organisations. This is not really a fine, although the private organisation that claims you owe it money might call it that.
You might be fined in a private car park for a number of reasons, for example, for:
Other common private 'fines' include fees for overdue videos or library books.
If a private organisation gives you a fine, this can't be enforced through the State Debt Recovery Office (SDRO).
A private organisation can make a claim against you for the amount that it has fined you by filing a Statement of Claim against you in a civil court, for example, the Local Court.
To be successful, it would have to prove that:
For more information about responding to claims made in the small claims division of the Local Court, see
Is someone chasing you for money? in the Debt - small claims section of this website.
If you receive a 'fine' from a private organisation and you do not believe you should have to pay it, you should get